University Chaplain Offers Hollins Students Encouragement and Support


The Rev. Dr. Jenny Call, our university chaplain, has shared this message of hope and comfort with our students.





Dear friends,

In this time of uncertainty, my thoughts, care, and prayers are with you.  As your chaplain, I remain here as a support to you. Whether you are grieving the loss of the familiar and worried about missing out on plans, concerned about the news or the unknown, or a mix of this and more, we are connected in sharing these feelings, as we are in our hopefulness that all, eventually, will be well. Things may look different than we planned, but we will journey through this together with strength and care.

It is hard to be apart from one another, and yet I trust that we are finding new means of connection. I am available for one-on-one or small group conversations via phone or Zoom. Please reach out by email at if you would like to set up a time to talk.

I will also be interacting on Facebook using the hashtag #OnlineChaplain, sharing regular inspiration, practices, and resources that may help nurture your emotional and spiritual well-being during this time.  Weekly Sanctuary meditations will continue on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. through Facebook Live on the Hollins University Chapel Facebook page.

If you are interested in receiving my newsletter with occasional inspirational resources and reflections, you may sign up here.

May we remember our motto, Levavi Oculos, which reminds us to lift our eyes to seek the source of our help and strength. May this strange time be an invitation to seek meaning and purpose, to pause and find strategies to care for ourselves and others.  Take care, my friends, and please reach out if I can be of help to you.

With care,



Rev. Dr. Jenny Call

University Chaplain
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life

Wilson Museum Announces Temporary Closure

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is closed to the public, reflecting the university’s shift to an early Spring Recess and remote instruction in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

To ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, all museum events and programs are cancelled through at least the week concluding Friday, April 10.

The Wilson Museum is working on ways to host online exhibitions of its upcoming shows, and will provide updates on its website and Facebook page. Currently, a PDF of the catalogue for the Robert Sulkin: Photographs 1973-2019 exhibition is available for download on the museum website’s publications page, as are several catalogue PDFs for past shows.



Coronavirus: Sharing Their Expertise

Two Hollins professors have been interviewed recently for their expertise in areas related to the COVID-19 coronavirus concerns impacting the country and the regional community around Roanoke.

NOTE: The Hollins University administration is maintaining and regularly updating a coronavirus-related web page for full information on how the school is approaching the situation as well as linking to key external resources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. You can find this at

On March 2, visiting professor of public health Cynthia Morrow was interviewed by local TV station WDBJ7 seeking her advice and recommendations for how those concerned should best approach the situation as it presently stands. Morrow was a Commissioner of Health in New York during the H1N1 – or swine flu – pandemic back in 2009 and offered several practical bits of advice including good hand and overall hygiene as well as “social distancing,” or maintaining a safe distance during interactions with others. You can view her interview below or see the full WDBJ7 report here.

Peter Chiappetta, a visiting assistant professor of business and financial consultant, was interviewed by WDBJ7 on March 9 to discuss concerns around the impact the fears and realities of the coronavirus outbreak were having on the financial markets, including a temporary halt in NYSE trading earlier that morning. You can view his interview below or see the full WDBJ7 report here.